In-Box Review
Musical Instruments
Musical Instruments
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by: Darren Baker [ CMOT ]


MiniArt as a company made their name releasing interesting visually appealing and affordable figure sets and they then progressed into diorama elements and vehicles. One of their latest releases, is a set of musical instruments, which includes both the instruments and storage cases in 1/35th scale that will enable the modeller to have the unusual elements to hand.


This offering from MiniArt in 1/35th scale, is provided in one of the end opening cartons, with an artwork covering the contents on the front, and assembly of the contents of the rear. Despite the packaging arriving in good order, I would have preferred a tray and separate lid as a more robust form of packaging. The contents, consists of two identical sprues inside a sealed plastic bag, along with a piece of paper with sheet music printed on it to cut and use. The mouldings are clean and so will be easy to utilise by the modeller.

Provided inside this offering, are a number of accordions, a bass drum, a trumpet, guitar, mandolin and violin. There are also cases for the violins and accordions, and due to the identical sprues you have two of everything. Looking at the approach taken by MiniArt to mould these items, clean up and use will be an easy prospect. Of the items included only ones strikes me as unusual and that is a mandolin, due to this instrument being considered a more medieval item rather than for use in the last century. The guitar provided in the set, I particularly like as it has a separate back plate that has allowed a hollow resonance chamber to be present in the instrument.


This particular release appeals to me greatly, due to the multi use aspect of it. As an example: you could show an armoured vehicle crewman with a guitar in his hands, and he does not have to be playing it, in order for it to be telling a story. The beauty of this offering, is that by simply by removing a weapon from a figures hand, and replacing it with a musical instrument instantly changes the nature of the figure, as so instantly makes figure sets more multi functional. As a result I feel this product from Mini Art, is one of those that every figure modeller should consider grab hold of, due to its multi functional attributes.
Darren Baker takes a look at a mix of Musical Instruments from MiniArt in 1/35th scale.
  Scale: 1:35
  Mfg. ID: 35622
  PUBLISHED: Nov 10, 2020

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About Darren Baker (CMOT)

I have been building model kits since the early 70ís starting with Airfix kits of mostly aircraft, then progressing to the point I am at now building predominantly armour kits from all countries and time periods. Living in the middle of Salisbury plain since the 70ís, I have had lots of opportunitie...

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Thanks Darren, will look out for this one. Maybe Mandolins are more widespread in eastern Europe (as per Captain Corelli's?). This set also begs a question. Will any manufacturer produce a set of bandsmen? Music is very important to the military and even at the height of the conflict, all German divisions maintained a band for ceremonials (e.g. funerals and medal presentations). The musicians wings would make an interesting and common addition to German uniform. I've also seen photos of company trumpeters in the field, used for relaying orders before the advent of walkie talkie type portable radios.
NOV 10, 2020 - 07:06 AM
Sierra Toy Soldier Co. used to produce a German set. I believe it's out of production but there are probably some sets floating around for sale
NOV 11, 2020 - 01:05 PM

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